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Media Arts and Creative Entertainment, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CN_MART
Control Number: 39134

The Media Arts and Creative Entertainment Certificate program is a Career Technical Education specialty, designed for the student who wants a concentrated course of study in the field of acting/directing coupled with film and television production. It has been designed to introduce students to the skills necessary to create their own recorded media projects or prepare students for entry-level employment in the entertainment industry. Completion of this certificate will foster an understanding and appreciation of the various artistic and technical aspects of camera and narrative production. Students will be educated in performing, directing, storytelling, camera operation, event documentation, lighting, sound, post-production, and business practices. The required 12 units give the student a strong foundation, while the 5 elective units allow students to concentrate on their particular area of interest within this collaborative field.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate competence as directors, performers, actors and technicians and possess a critical understanding of visual storytelling coupled with current and effective performance and directing techniques.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
FILM A110 Film Production 1 3
Acting Fundamentals
or Acting for Camera and Stage
Semester 2
FILM A240 Film Production 2 3
THEA A275 Directing 3
 Total Units12
Course Title Units
Select five units of the following:5
Broadcast Journalism
The Business of Film & Television
Television Production 1
Editing 1
Social Media Marketing
Film Production 3
Acting 2
Theatre Laboratory Level 1
Theatre Laboratory Level 2
Theatre Laboratory Level 3
Theatre Laboratory Level 4
OCC Theatre Repertory 1
Body Movement for the Actor
Stage Combat
Voice and Articulation
Total Certificate Units17